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Fur primeness? #7692788
10/15/22 08:45 AM
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With trapping season fast approaching we are in the warmest October on record. We've only had 2 frosts so far and the temps have been averaging 20 deg C during the day. My question is what is more instrumental in bringing fur into prime? The temperature or changes in daylight ?

Re: Fur primeness? [Re: Norwestalta] #7692790
10/15/22 08:49 AM
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Changing photoperiod is what brings on molt cycles. Not temperature.

Jack


Re: Fur primeness? [Re: Norwestalta] #7692791
10/15/22 08:51 AM
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Daylight is #1 factor. Or lack there of.

Re: Fur primeness? [Re: Norwestalta] #7692800
10/15/22 09:12 AM
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Yep, daylight. Makes ducks and geese move south, and ignites the cycles in animals to prepare for shorter days and colder nights. Temps have little to do with fur primeness. Shorter days and daylight drive everything.


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Re: Fur primeness? [Re: Norwestalta] #7692803
10/15/22 09:15 AM
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As said, daylight controls primness. But dry conditions can lead to fur wear earlier than normal.






Re: Fur primeness? [Re: Norwestalta] #7692806
10/15/22 09:19 AM
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Thanks fellas

Re: Fur primeness? [Re: Norwestalta] #7692819
10/15/22 09:42 AM
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Daylight then health. Got an animal that was sickly or females that have a litter in the late summer/fall might never prime up.

Re: Fur primeness? [Re: Norwestalta] #7692829
10/15/22 09:55 AM
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The amount of UV light that enters the eye ( or eyes) of an animal triggers fur growth. After that, who knows what controls the rate of growth to prime?

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Re: Fur primeness? [Re: Norwestalta] #7692840
10/15/22 10:34 AM
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As stated daylight is the basxe but the color of the light or the UV has to be the big driver because many of the fur bearers are nocternal and or live in dens, lodges etc. during most of the lighted hours. When the fur ranchers use lighting to trigger changes in their animals I don't know for sure if they are doing day length and color or both. I know a few that have discontinued the artifical light methods s I don't know how well they worked.
Also don't know if the further north a species lives makes the daylight factor more intense or not. There is more minutes of daylight lost or gained per day the further one travels north.

Bryce